New Green Space Project Inaugurated in Ste-Edwidge-de-Clifton Municipality

A new project called “Sous les pavés” has been inaugurated by the primary school and municipality of Ste-Edwidge-de-Clifton, creating a new green space for the community. In May, 135m² of asphalt was removed by hand during depaving activities, and the students planted 28 plants.

The inauguration took place on May 30th, with students, parents, and partners in attendance. Justine Roy, project manager at the Conseil régional de l’environnement de l’Estrie, stated that the involvement of the youth and community was central to the project, and their pride was evident.

These activities are part of the second phase of the “Sous les pavés” project, aimed at helping communities develop their capacity for demineralization, better management of stormwater, and creating a more resilient environment in the face of climate change. The program actively engages property owners, local organizations, businesses, and citizens in transforming asphalted sites into cool, friendly, and green spaces.

The second phase of the project is supported financially by the Quebec government through the Action-Climat Quebec program and aligns with the goals of the Plan for a Green Economy 2030. The implementation of the program in various communities is made possible by the financial support of TD Bank Group through the TD Ready Commitment. The creation of the site at the Sainte-Edwidge school also received financial support from the MRC de Coaticook, the municipality of Ste-Edwidge-de-Clifton, the municipality of Martinville, federal MP for the Compton-Stanstead region Marie-Claude Bibeau, provincial MP for the Saint-François region Geneviève Hébert, Centre de services scolaire des Hauts-Cantons, Scalabrini et Fils, Groupe Rocher, Laiterie Coaticook, and the Club d’ornithologie de la MRC de Coaticook.